“Let the whole earth sing to the Lord! Each day proclaim the good news that he saves. Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does. Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! He is to be feared above all gods. The gods of other nations are mere idols, but the Lord made the heavens! Honor and majesty surround him; strength and joy fill his dwelling. O nations of the world, recognize the Lord, recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong. Give to the Lord the glory he deserves! Bring your offering and come into his presence. Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor. Let all the earth tremble before him. The world stands firm and cannot be shaken.mLet the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice!mTell all the nations, “The Lord reigns!” – 2 Chronicles 16:23-31.
The methods and acts of worship have been as diverse as the people who have thought them up. Mankind has worshipped many things and many god’s over the years. But the challenge of worship is not just an issue for ancient times, it is an issue for us today. A.W. Tozer wrote back in the 1940’s, before we had worship teams, theater lights, and welcoming environments, the following: “It is certainly true that hardly anything is missing from our churches these days – except the most important thing. We are missing genuine and sacred offering of ourselves and our worship to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
We were created to be worshippers. John 4:23 tells us, “But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way.” Worship is unnatural only in the sense that so few people really know how to worship. God calls to us and invites us to come and worship Him, even though He doesn’t need our worship to be God. He delights in our worship because He is worthy of it and our worship demonstrates our acknowledgement of just who He is. Worship is the one thing that brings us closest to the ideal of what we are meant to be as a follower of Jesus. Psalm 95: 6-7 says, “Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our maker, for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care. If only you would listen to his voice today!”
John Piper wrote: “There are two great passions in the universe: God’s passion to be glorified and man’s passion to be satisfied. However, these two do not need to conflict. They can come to simultaneous fulfillment through worship, because God is most glorified in me when I am most satisfied in Him alone.”
I would ask you to remember through this series what we are and how much time we spend doing what God intended us to do. We were carefully designed and created to worship. Secondly, there is absolutely no point in this life that you and I can come any closer to God than when we are worshipping Him with a sincere heart. In those moments, when we are pre-occupied with God and all the outside distractions are pushed aside, and it’s just us and God. That is when we are nearest, this side of heaven, to being exactly what God created us to be.
- Do you view worship as something that mainly happens at church, or does it happen in other areas of your life?
- Read Romans 12:1: Did hearing the message change your view of what it means to worship?
- I commit to work this week on improving that which I was created for – worship.
- I will be in prayer for our church as we work through this series.